Senin, 03 November 2014

Android Lollipop 5.0 upgrades: when can I get it?

Android Lollipop 5.0 upgrades: when can I get it?

Android Lollipop is now out in the open and it includes a hat full of new features, a visual overhaul and numerous under-the-hood improvements to make if faster, more efficient and lighter on your battery, but while we know all about it, it's not yet available for public consumption.

Even once it does launch it will be down to individual manufacturers to port it to their devices, so chances are you'll still be waiting a while to get it on your phone and tablet (unless you've gone full Nexus already) and most companies haven't yet been all that forthcoming with details of when they'll bring it to their phones and tablets.

But we do know some things and we can take educated guesses at others, so read on for all the information and theories on when you might see Android Lollipop on your device.

Google

Whilst Android Lollipop was announced at Google's IO event, it was simply known as Android L. Since then there were a lot of rumors swirling about that sweet-themed name PGEgaHJlZj0iaHR0cDovL2hvc3RpbmdraXRhLmNvbQ0iIHRhcmdldD0iX2JsYW5rIiByZWw9Im5vZm9sbG93Ij5Hb29nbGUgPC9hPg==would go for.

These rumors were finally put to rest during Google's launch of the Nexus 6, where Android Lollipop was officially confirmed as the name for Android 5.0.

The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be Google's first devices to come with Android Lollipop, but these aren't the only Nexus products which will get the latest sweet treat.

Nexus 5

Android 5.0 Lollipop will also be available on the Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks. This week, two software updates for Asus-made tablets have been certified by Bluetooth, indicating that Lollipop isn't far away.

The two tablets are the Asus K008 and the Asus ME370T or, the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Asus MEMO tablet that went on to become the first Nexus 7 back in 2012. While Bluetooth certification doesn't give us an exact date, a source speaking to Android Police, seems to believe the OTA update will arrive on November 3.

There seems to be some suggestion that the Nexus 10 tablet will also receive its OTA update on November 3.

Any Nexus devices older than these are all but guaranteed not to get it, meaning that Galaxy Nexusand Nexus S owners are plum out of luck.

HTC

HTC has been more forthcoming with its update plans than most manufacturers and it's no surprise given how quickly it plans to bring the update to users. In a statement the company said:

"HTC is excited about the new features in Android Lollipop and we can't wait to share them with our customers. We are committed to updating our flagship HTC One family as fast as possible.

One M8

"We will begin rolling out updates to the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) in regions worldwide within 90 days of receiving final software from Google, followed shortly thereafter by other One family members and select devices."

Doing the mathematics that means the company's most recent two flagships should get Android Lollipop either at the end of the year or possibly in January of next year.

We're going to go ahead and assume that most other HTC handsets released in the last year or so will also get the update at some point.

As a general rule the more recent and high profile a device is the more likely it is to get an update, so the HTC Desire Eye will almost certainly be near the front of the line.

The HTC One Mini 2, the HTC One Mini and perhaps the HTC One Max and some of the other recent Desire handsets are likely to get the update too, though probably not until sometime after the One M7 and the One M8.

According to one leak, the One Mini 2 and Desire 816 will get Lollipop sometime in March/April, while the One Max, One Mini and Butterfly S have an expected Android 5.0 rollout of March-May.

Samsung

Samsung is yet to officially shed any light on when it will be bringing Android Lollipop to its phones, but there are sources saying its sooner rather than later.

According to Sam Mobile, the Samsung Galaxy S5 could be in for an Android Lollipop release in December 2014. Given that networks can delay the rollout, there is always the possibility it won't reach devices until January 2015.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 arrived too early to launch with Android Lollipop, but it will likely be updated quickly, although there's been no word - official or otherwise - on this so far. The Galaxy Alphaand Galaxy Note 3 are also likely to get the update very shortly after it launches, probably within the same sort of several month timeframe as HTC is operating under.

S5

Other Samsung handsets may have to wait a little longer, however we'd expect that most high profile devices released in the last 18 months to 2 years will get the update, including the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy S5 Mini.

We doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S3 or anything older will get Android Lollipop. It's a device that's already over two years old and some versions of it didn't even get Android 4.4.

Samsung doesn't seem great at updating its tablets either. There's a good chance recent slates like itsNote Pro and Tab S ranges and even the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 will get Android Lollipop but anything older or low end is iffy.

Sony

Sony has openly declared that it will be "bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to the entire Xperia Z Series."

It's even published a full list of handsets which are in line for Android Lollipop, so here we go...

Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

It's worth noting that the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition will be first in line, but Sony is yet to reveal an exact date for the update.

Xperia Z2

As to when Sony will start rolling out the update to its main line of devices, the manufacturer has said "We'll start the upgrade at the beginning of 2015 for the core Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series – continuing thereafter for all remaining devices above."

The Nexus 9 is now available on Google Play

The Nexus 9 is now available on Google Play

You can now buy the Nexus 9 from the 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Play.

If you want to buy the Nexus 9 in other configurations, such as with an LTE connection, 'Sand' colour, or with 32GB, then it looks like you'll have to wait a bit longer, as the website states that those versions are 'coming soon'.

When the Nexus 9 becomes available in other configurations it will cost £399 ($479) for the 32GB version, and £459 ($599) for the 32GB model with 4G.

  • Read our hands-on review of the Nexus 9

Tesco set to sell its own Windows tablet?

Tesco set to sell its own Windows tablet?

UK supermarket Tesco is reported to start selling a gaming bundle that includes an Xbox One console and a Connect Windows tablet. The latter may well be a Windows version of the Technika Connect Android-based tablet that surfaced almost two years ago.

What looks like a promotional Tesco poster was posted by Windowscentral; it shows that the bundle will cost £349 and will go on sale on 7th November.

Tesco sells the console without Kinect for £329 which means that the tablet would cost just £20. The cheapest 7-inch Windows tablet on the market is the Linx 7 which retails for £80.

Bundle of joy

Speaking of the which, Tesco has another bundle deal that includes the same tablet and the Nokia Lumia 530 Windows Phone for £129.

Obviously doing so may well harm Tesco's own Hudl 2 product, which retails for the same price as the Nokia Lumia 530 bundle.

But then given the financial troubles that the company is currently in, the prospect of an Xbox-driven Christmas might actually be one that's too good to ignore.